Right now, there’s a lot of music floating about that sounds a bit like
FKA Twigs; slow, glitchy electronic beats, silky smooth vocals fused
together with nocturnal melancholia.
It’s sometimes got a touch of late90s Aaliyah-like minimal R&B and it’s the sound of Sasha Keable, Alpines, Billie Black, Oceaán, Jessie Ware – it’s basically the sound of the noughteens.
It’s also on the verge of being overcooked, like a dry old
Luckily for London-based artist FKA Twigs, she’s in no danger of
sounding like a chicken and although this debut album sounds like much of
the above, it’s hard to deny that she possesses quite a bit extra.
Her falsetto is truly astonishing and the layering of her voice in many of the tracks makes for a deeply rich sound.FKA
She also frequently, and almost surprisingly (for somebody billed as
the future sound of R&B), sounds exactly like ‘Sensual World’-era Kate
Bush. And like Bush,
her voice is both mystical and sexual, moving between powerful and breathy in the length of a line. She, too, uses space in her songs as an instrument.
It sounds like something crafted on Venus itself.
Lyrically, she is directly sexual and bewitching. “When I trust you
we can do it with the lights on,” she sings in second track ‘Lights On’, a
song constructed with disembodied Ballet School The Dew Lasts an Hour
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In stores August 11 09/10 05/10 beats and beautiful pauses.
“My thighs are apart for when you’re ready to breathe in,” she sings in
‘Two Weeks’, a brilliantly filthy and lavishly pop-sounding track that
could easily be the best on ‘LP1’.
Although, you do get the impression that this is the kind of album that will
reveal a different favourite on each new listening of it.
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